Purrrsistence pays off

Atwater animal shelter gets long-awaited funding for spay, neuter program

vpatton@mercedsunstar.comOctober 16, 2012 

— The kitties at Last Hope Cat Kingdom purred with pride this week, after staff at the no-kill shelter learned they'd be receiving a $9,000 grant to assist with the group's low-cost spay-and-neuter efforts.

The grant is being awarded by the Best Friends Animal Society, in partnership with PetSmart Charities.

Pam Moody, Last Hope's public outreach director, said the rescue organization, which assists many animals in addition to cats, had applied for the grant a few times. She said the organization's ecstatic their persistence finally paid off.

Moody said the grant will help cut down on the overpopulation of homeless animals.

"This is a very big deal for Last Hope," she said. "We get a huge number of calls from people seeking low-cost spay and neuter (services). It's very frustrating when we can't help everybody and help all the animals we want to help."

The shelter transports 80 to 100 animals per month to Fresno for spay and neuter services, Moody said. Moody said her group's goal is to perform 225 spay-and-neuter operations by the end of February.

Last Hope Cat Kingdom will also host a fund-raiser, "Toast for Hope," at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Boys and Girls Club, 615 W. 15th St. Tickets are $30.

The event will include live music, in addition to a silent and live auction, cocktails and appetizers. For more information, visit www.toastforhope.org.

City Editor Victor A. Patton can be reached at (209) 385-2431 or vpatton@mercedsunstar.com.

EDITORS NOTE: Last Hope Cat Kingdom recently received a $9,000 grant to assist with the group's low-cost, spay-and-neuter efforts. An incorrect grant amount appeared in the story on Page B-1 of Wednesday's print edition of the Sun-Star.

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